College of Science Students Earn Top Spots at Three Minute Thesis Championship
Congratulations to all of the competitors from the College of Science, and across the University, who shared their research at this year’s virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. 

Winners in the College of Science

Morgan Slevin , doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology
3MT Championship Winner and recipient of Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT Endowed Award

Michelle Edwards , M.S. in Marine Science and Oceanography student
3MT Championship Runner-Up

Click here for details and to watch all the competition videos from the College of Science.
Morgan Slevin
"Smarts and symbiosis: how a bird's gut microbiome influences its cognitive performance"
Michelle Edwards
"Exposure to multiple algal toxins among juvenile bull sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon"
Drone Aerial Video Shows It's "Hammerhead" Time!
Prior to a study conducted by FAU, there was no documentation to show that adult sharks swim in shallower waters to avoid predation from even larger sharks, such as the great hammerhead. Stephen Kaijura, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, was able to provide insight into unique predator-prey interactions thanks to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Read more .
University Coronavirus Updates
FAU continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For the most recent updates, visit the University's dedicated web page at
Graduating Student Features
Sigourney Kame, B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion
Congratulations to our Spring 2020 graduates! Learn about some of our recent graduates who are exploring a range of careers and callings, including going to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics, developing quantum drone technology, teaching, clinical research, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Specialist, and much more. Read more .
Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics
Apply for the Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics in the College of Science. Graduates will be well prepared with rich hands-on experience and data analytics skills to enter the high demand workforce in the era of big data and quantum information processing under exciting roles such as Data Curator, Data Analyst, Statistician, Data Scientist, Market Analyst, or Software Engineer. Learn more .
COVID-19 Change Challenge Winners
FAU has announced the winners of the COVID-19 Change Challenge organized by the Division of Research. Students were asked to submit their ideas on how to meet the demands of COVID-19 related issues for an opportunity to earn up to $2,000 to help implement that idea. Sean Paz, a doctoral student from the Department of Biology, and Toluleke Famuyiwa, a graduate student, were two of the selected winners. Read more .
Research Leads FAU Grad to Earn the Name 'Conch Girl'
Laura Issac Norton graduated from FAU with her master’s in marine science and oceanography. During her time at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, she traveled to the Bahamas to help design and operate a queen conch restoration hatchery. In fact, she spent so much time in the water studying the queen conch, the community nicknamed her the "conch girl." Watch here.
Virtual Frontiers in Science Talk: "Tuning Fish: Changing Skeletons and Swimming"
Catch the recent virtual Frontiers in Science talk from FAU marine biologist and associate professor, Marianne Porter, Ph.D., "Tuning Fish: Changing Skeletons and Swimming." Watch here.
Virtual Talk: "Animal Behavior: Bird Songs & Monkey Business"
FAU Frontiers in Science and LIVE@Frost Science speaker series hosted the virtual lecture “Animal Behavior: Bird Songs and Monkey Business” May 20. This event featured Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences, and Kate M. Detwiler, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology. Watch here.
Virtual Talk: "The Most Important Hubble Photos Ever Taken"
Dean of the College of Science, leading astronomer and researcher, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., presents “The Most Important Hubble Photos Ever Taken.” This virtual talk was provided in partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science. Watch here.
In the News
Edward Ester Receives NSF Career Award
Edward Ester, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded the National Science Foundation Career Award, which provided a grant of $553,436. Ester is using this award to further his research of the neural mechanisms that allow us to rapidly perceive and make sense of the world around us. Read more.
Ph.D. Student Featured by American Ornithological Society
Morgan Slevin, a student working towards his doctorate in Integrative Biology, was recently highlighted by the American Ornithological Society for his research on the connections between the gut, the brain and the nervous system using songbirds. Read more.
Sleep State Regulates Neurodegeneration
FAU Jupiter Scientists Bethany Stanhope, Ph.D., Alex Keene, Ph.D., and colleagues of the Schmidt College of Science, examined the impacts of sleep on the rate of injured neurons. The study titled, "Sleep Regulates Glial Plasticity and Expression of the Engulfment Receptor Draper Following Neural Injury," was published in the March online issue of Current Biology. Read More.
Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement
Alex Keene, Ph.D., a professor of biological sciences in the Schmidt College of Science, Rod Murphey, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs of FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus and Evelyn Frazier, Ph.D., in the Schmidt College of Science, were awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to fund an Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE). Read more.
FAU Care to BEE Lecture: "Applied Math in Real-Time Pandemic Response"
FAU’s Association for Women in Mathematics Graduate Student Chapter held the ‘Care to BEE’ event on April 30. Care to BEE is an extension of the chapter’s ‘Dare To BEE’ mentoring initiative designed to promote girls and women in mathematics. During this event, a pre-recorded webinar was shown by Nina Fefferman, Ph.D., professor of ecology & evolutionary biology and mathematics at the University of Tennessee, "The role of applied math in real-time pandemic response: How basic disease models work." On May 5, Fefferman hosted a live Q&A Session with problems and exercises. Watch here.
FAU Center for Environmental Studies Arbor Day Celebration
FAU celebrated Arbor Day with a webinar featuring local tree and natural resources experts from the Town of Jupiter, Native Choice Nursery, Only Trees, and FP&L. Watch here.
University Establishes FAU Cares Emergency Fund for Students
Florida Atlantic University has established the "FAU Cares Emergency Fund" for currently registered, degree-seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund can be used for education-related expenses such as room, board, tuition, and personal expenses.

Students can apply here through FAU’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

For more information and to donate to the FAU Cares Emergency Fund, visit
Sponsored Research Awards
Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D.
University of Florida, $52,325

James Hartmann, Ph.D.
Florida Atlantic University Foundation, $13,909
Rodney Murphey, Ph.D.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, $114,433
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